Raid at Hi Fi Kitchen & Cocktails leads to four arrests

TPD: Drunken fights, over-serving, drug sales and underage drinking problems in downtown Tucson
Published: Jan. 10, 2020 at 8:24 PM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - The Tucson Police Department arrested four people Thursday night during a raid at Hi Fi Kitchen & Cocktails.

In a news conference Friday, Chief Chris Magnus said the raid came following reports of drunken fights, over-serving and underage drinking in downtown Tucson.

Magnus said the four arrested were two bartenders, one security guard and one customer.

Ashton Carrizoza, the security guard, and 22-year-old Eddie Gabriel Leyvas, the customer, are facing felony drug charges.

As of 6 p.m. Friday, Leyvas was being held on a $7,500 bond.

Pablo Craney and Amber Dietz, the bartenders, are facing misdemeanors for over-serving.

Ashton Carrizoza and Eddie Leyvas are facing felony drug charges.
Ashton Carrizoza and Eddie Leyvas are facing felony drug charges.(Tucson Police Department)

During the news conference, Magnus said video of the fights are making their way onto social media.

One of the most popular social media channels for the fights is TMZ Tucson, which has more than 3,000 followers.

Magnus also said the fights have gone viral, downtown crime has dropped 17.7 percent between 2017 and 2019.

Magnus said the investigation is ongoing and additional arrests may be coming.

The chief said those caught fighting will be arrested and businesses caught over-serving could end up losing their license.

“Individuals looking to start a fight will find themselves in jail," Magnus said. "This is not a fun end to an evening out.”

Hi Fi was open again Friday morning. KOLD News 13 spoke with a man there and he said he had no idea about what happened Thursday night.

While TMZ Tucson is the most popular social media channel for the fights and action downtown, it isn’t the only one.

Several SnapChat users posted about the raid Thursday night. You can watch the videos below.

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